Thursday, 8 October 2009

Do women like girly-men?

Found this article from the Daily Mail over at HotAir. In it, David Derbyshire discusses whether birth control has made women more attracted to men with less than masculine qualities.

Although the effect is subtle, Dr Alvergne said it could alter women's view of male attractiveness. 'It is a possibility - but there is no evidence of this yet,' she said. 'We need a lot more research in this area.' In her paper, Dr Alvergne reviewed seven studies showing how the Pill can change women's behaviour.
The changing fashions for film stars appear to show a shift from masculine men in the 1950s - before the advent of the Pill - to more baby-faced stars today.
Many of the biggest box office draws are boyish in appearance, rather than classically rugged. The top Hollywood earners of last year include Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Hugh Jackman. Other boyish film stars include Jude Law.
The rise of such stars could also be explained by cynical attempts to market films and merchandise at an ever younger age group.

Hmmmmm. There is something weird going on with this whole girly-man thing, especially in fashion which drives me nuts. If my husband EVER bought skinny leg jeans I would cut them up and burn them. Is it really the Pill or is it because society has totally emasculated men, and because a lack of strong male role models in the public and private eye has resulted in girls/women being unable to even recognize the true qualities of a man?

SMW for one prefers real men. Sure I don't mind a man expressing himself, or even crying a time or two (shhhhh) - but I don't want a skinny jean wearing, emo listening, sensitive ninny with waxed eyebrows and man-i-cured hands to take me out for dinner. No way!

One of the men mentioned in the article is Russell Brand - I certainly don't consider him a man (in the manly man sense) and I wonder how many women could actually be attracted to him? Seriously. Raise your standards people.

A real man is a gentleman, who treats a woman with respect but also acts like a leader. He stands by his convictions and is not intimidated by those who disagree with him, nor does he alter is behaviour to placate a society that criticizes his strengths. There are lots of strong, masculine men out there. SMW is married to one and she is friends with several. Unfortunately many women are too foolish to recognize the "good ones" and are too insecure in their own identities to be with one (because to them leader equals boss). Manly men are out there - but they are quickly disappearing from tv and film. Save the manly men.